August 21, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
‘MASTER OF DYSFUNCTION,’ NOVELIST WARREN ADLER’S 33rd NOVEL,
THE SERPENT’S BITE RELEASES SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
New York, NY --- Best known for The War of the Roses, his masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce adapted into the BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated dark comedy hit starring Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito, Warren Adler releases his latest novel about a father’s attempt to reconcile with his estranged adult children through a memorable horse trek across the Yellowstone Park they had enjoyed twenty years earlier. The Temple family nostalgia, however, is corrupted into a nightmare of betrayal, lust and entrapment along a forbidding terrain as the children’s dark motives are revealed and disturbing family secrets are exposed.
This taught thriller unleashes the character of Courtney Temple as one of the most evil women in fiction. Through her, Adler explores how obsession for celebrity and blind ambition can distort familial love and turn a beloved child into a grotesque monster. “The breakdown of the family is the central conflict of our time. As the family goes, so goes the world,” says Adler who has often been cited as the ‘master of dysfunction’. The Serpent’s Bite gets its title from the famed Shakespearean quote in King Lear, “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child.”
Published in print and e-book formats, The Serpent’s Bite is available via Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble, independent bookstores, and all major e-book platforms as Kindle, Nook, Sony, Kobo and iBooks. Reader reviews are saying;
"... a slam-bang thriller! Adler is an old pro at producing fast-paced page turners and his latest shows that he remains at the top of his game. ... a rip roaring thill-ride." Bill Hoffmann co-author of Palm Beach Babylon, contributor to the Mail on Sundays & BBC Radio
“Adler has fashioned a noir western that manages to be both old-fashioned, and entirely appropriate for our time.” C.J. Fernandes
“Adler has created a female character as manipulative as Becky Sharp, as vindictive as Nurse Ratchet and, ultimately, as destructively wicked as Mrs. Danvers." Kevin Cowdall, author of Paper Gods and Iron Men
An essayist, short-story writer, poet and playwright, Adler’s works have been translated into 25 languages and have received stellar reviews by all major publications. The London Telegraph has called his work, “Exciting;” King Features Syndicate says, “ Adler… is more than capable of fashioning truly riveting tales of suspense and intrigue;” Eagle Tribune deems Adler, “a skillful master of the deception game,” and the Herald Examiner claims, “Adler plays the emotional heartstring with the virtuosity of a concert violinist.” Adler has sold or optioned film rights for twelve of his works, all noted for his character driven and masterful storytelling. He fueled an unprecedented bidding war in a Hollywood commission for his unpublished book Private Lies. His The Sunset Gang was adapted into a trilogy and produced by Linda Lavin for PBS’ American Playhouse series and starred Uta Hagen, Harold Gould and Jerry Stiller, garnering Doris Roberts an Emmy nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series’.
A pioneer in electronic publishing, Adler introduced the first digital reader manufactured by SONY in 2007. He is a member of the Authors Guild, The Century Association and the Lotos Club and is also, the sponsor of the ‘Warren Adler Visiting Novelist’ series at the NYU Creative Writing program.
More information about Warren Adler can be found at www.warrenadler.com
“Adler writes with skill and a sense of scene” – New York Times Book Review